we announced a collaboration between behavioral health professionals, academics and coders that would ultimately produce a Linux program to help autistic children learn the mouse.
That work is still in the developmental stages within our academic team...they are gathering resources and forming the framework for that software.
An unexpected benefit of this effort was forthcoming soon after we announced it.
Meacher the Mouse Teacher, but in rebuilding his mouse teaching program Mulawa Dreaming Easy for Linux. As it stood, it was a Windows only app but having over 200 thousand downloads of his varied projects, Peter believed that it was worth expanding to the Linux world. He emailed me and told me that when he had something ready, he would email me.
I think it took him 3 days.
Mulawa is a simple program but within that simplicity lies its beauty. It is primarily designed to help the physically or mentally challenged child understand how a mouse works, but should do nicely for the very young as well. There isn't a lot of distracting noise, either visual or in the audio. It rewards by sound and signals an incorrect choice with another sound. Peter is no stranger in working with children and children's software. He has developed over 30 activities for the OLPC program and continues to refine his other work.
The program comes within a simple tar file with the data file and an executable. Ideally, this would be deb-packaged as well as packaged for the other installation formats as well. You can find Mulawa to download it here.
Peter asks that you test the dickens out of it and post your findings here. Hopefully that will lead to more work being done on Mulawa and further spread its use within the various Linux Distros. If I remember correctly, Peter said it was tested and worked fine on Linux Mint, Fedora and Debian.
Test drive the wheels off of it and let's see if we cannot add one more great program to the educational software packages within Linux.
No one loses.